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GKrellM for Windows FAQ

This is the place to find answers to most frequently asked questions when running GKrellM on a Windows-System. If you have a question not answered on this page, you can either ask it on the GKrellM Mailinglist or directly contact the maintainer.


  1. How to start applications from GKrellM?
  2. How can I get rid of the pink dots around text drawn on top of transparent themes?
  3. Many charts and krells show no activity at all
  4. GKrellM only shows a total of 4 GB memory


How to start applications from GKrellM?

Starting applications from GKrellM (i.e. mail reade) is a bit more complicated on Windows compared to Unix systems:

  1. Enter the absolute path to the application you want to start.
  2. If the path contains spaces you have to put the whole path into single quotes

For example if you want to start Thunderbird as your mail reader the entry has to look like:
'C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe'

How can I get rid of the pink dots around text drawn on top of transparent themes?

Unfortunately due to the way transparency is achieved, antialiased fonts cause pink pixels around text that is drawn on top of a transparent area. This is caused by translucent pixels around edges of text that get combined with the transparency-color (which happens to be pink). The resulting pixel is not clean pink anymore and as such is not seen as transparent by the windows drawing-code anymore.

There are several possiblities to work around this bug (see #1)

  • Choose a different font. Some fonts if drawn antialiased only use shades of grey for antialiasing their edges. For example using Verdana on Windows Vista draws just fine on transparent areas.
  • Disable ClearType in Windows.
  • Stick with themes that do not draw text on transparent areas

Many charts and krells show no activity at all

Missing chart- or krell-data can have many reasons. The most common problem is a broken or incomplete list of performance counters. There are several Knowledgebase Articles which document this problem and possible fixes:

Another reason might be missing access-rights for performance counters if GKrellM is running on Windows Vista without Service Pack 1 installed. A workaround is to start GKrellM with admin-rights. The correct fix of course is to install SP1 which fixes the problem.

GKrellM only shows a total of 4 GB memory

This is normal if you are running GKrellM on a 32 Bit Windows because a single process cannot address more than 4 GB memory at a time (this is a system limitation and not caused by GKrellM).

On a 64 bit OS this problem won't be present anymore as soon as GKrellM for Windows is available as a 64 bit binary (GKrellM for Windows x64 is scheduled to happen as soon as GKrellM 2.3.5 gets released).

Last modified 7 years ago Last modified on Sep 15, 2010 5:53:34 PM